33 www.DurantChamber.org CMC Steel Oklahoma 584 Old Hwy 70, Durant, OK 74701 www.cmc.com Making the Steel that Builds America Commercial Metals Company is excited to be a part of the Durant community. From responsible metal recycling to innovative steelmaking, CMC is proud to support the communities where we live and work. That’s a Commitment You Can Count On. Fort Washita Fort Washita was established in 1842 in the Choctaw Nation as the southwest- ern-most military post in the U.S. The mission of the soldiers was to protect the recently immigrated Choctaw and Chick- asaw Indians. General Zachary Taylor, along with fel- low military personnel, took over the fort. After touring the area, General Taylor suggested construction begin on perma- nent buildings in the fall. In May 1861, the fort was abandoned by U.S. forces and occupied the following day by Confederate troops from Texas. During the time, it was used as a supply depot and place Confederate soldiers brought their sick and wounded. In 1870, it was no longer used as a military estab- lishment. In 1962, the fort was acquired by the Original Fort Washita Commission. It was entered as a National Registered Histori- cal Landmark on June 23, 1965. The Chickasaw Nation bought the property last year. The Fort features an up-to-date muse- um filled with artifacts, written history, and historical photographs depicting the construction of the buildings. Sadly the south barracks were burned down in September of 2010. A major fundraising effort is underway to insure the rebuilding of the barracks. People from around the world come to the fort for its rich history and famous re-enactments. A number of re-enactments take place, including the Fur-Trade Rendezvous every year in April. The rendezvous is a five day event that features vendors and campers from across the country who sells items which represent the late 1700’s-1840’s. You can purchase tickets to go listen to old ghost stories starting October 1st. This year’s dates are October 24th-27th; you must have advanced tickets to join in on the fun. It is open to the public from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Sunday, phone for information on exact times and prices for various events at 580-924-6502. Fort Washita is approximately 17.75 miles from Durant.